There are many advantages to becoming a naturalized citizen of the United States. As a citizen, individuals can exercise various rights -- including the right to vote -- and apply for specific jobs or benefit programs in Louisiana. Those who hope to obtain U.S. citizenship should be aware that there are requirements for applying for naturalization, though. Such requirements include things like residency, age and even language ability.
Coming to the United States is often the first step for immigrants who have a much greater goal in mind -- becoming a citizen. However, wait times for citizenship applications are currently much longer than they used to be. With the process taking up to two years in some areas of the U.S., some people hoping to make Louisiana their permanent home could be in for a significant waiting game.
Louisiana families who hope to grow their family through adoption often turn to international adoptions, which is sometimes a more affordable and quicker process than those available domestically. While most parents are able to easily obtain citizenship for their children, it can be a bit trickier when it comes to older children. A retired Army officer and his wife are still trying to get their daughter's citizenship approved years after the adoption process was finalized.
Becoming a citizen is a monumental achievement for Louisiana immigrants. However, it is not always an easy path, and many find they are met with unexpected hurdles. The U.S. government recently announced that it will spend as much as $10 million to make the process a little smoother for immigrants hoping to obtain citizenship.
Becoming a citizen of the United States is a decision that immigrants put a lot of time, energy and thought into. There is no doubt that applying for citizenship is a monumental step. However, before starting the process, applicants in Louisiana must meet several requirements.
The 2020 U.S. census is set to ask respondents whether they are citizens. This move has many people in Louisiana worried, with some wondering if their responses could jeopardize their status in the country. However, activists are fighting back against the citizenship question, with at least one federal lawsuit moving forward.
From minimum-wage jobs to corporate positions, immigrants fill important jobs all across America. Some of the of the most high-profile jobs an immigrant can hold is one that puts them in the spotlight, such as that of professional athlete. Baseball fans in Louisiana might have noticed that a Major League Baseball player recently achieved citizenship.
For green card holders in the United States, one of the questions they regularly ask themselves is, "What's next?" The answer can feel overwhelming. Seeking citizenship is a long process that often appears too big of a hurdle to pass for some Louisiana immigrants, but one group is hoping to change this outlook. A nonprofit is now offering grants for those seeking naturalization.
When Hector B. was in the Army, he didn't apply for U.S. citizenship. He was already a lawful permanent resident, and says that recruiters misled him into believing that citizenship would be automatic after his service. It wasn't.
Ordinarily, there would be no question about it. When one of the spouses in a married couple is a U.S. citizen, their legal children are birthright citizens. The U.S. government, however, has denied that the legal child of a U.S. citizen is a birthright citizen, essentially because the parents are a lesbian couple.